Funnybook Babylon

August 7, 2008

Ambush Bug: Year None Annotations: Part One

Filed under: Articles — Tags: , , , — Chris Eckert @ 2:12 pm

People complain about needing a DC Encyclopedia in order to understand Final Crisis. I really don’t see what’s so inpenetrable about it, though our own David Uzumeri and Douglas Wolk provide some invaluable context, background and observations. I still think you could go into FC blindly and follow and enjoy the story.

Ambush Bug: Year None, not so much. Maybe it can be enjoyed in the same way I enjoyed old Looney Tunes cartoons back before I knew who Peter Lorre or Carmen Miranda were, but the lion’s share of the jokes (and plot) seem heavily steeped in DC Comics nerdery. So for the perplexed:
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July 28, 2008

Ambush Bug: Year None Annotations: Part None

Filed under: Articles — Tags: , , , , — Chris Eckert @ 1:00 am

When I was a young man, my two favorite creators were probably Grant Morrison and Keith Giffen, and their most personal works, The Invisibles and Ambush Bug were definitely two of my favorite comic books ever. A few years ago, a comic called Identity Crisis came out, which was definitely not one of my favorite comics. People have used a whole lot of words to describe why it wasn’t a very good comic — I’ve done it myself — and this week, Ambush Bug Year None even gets in on the fun.

I’ll be putting up nerdy annotations about all the obscure junk in AB:YN later this week, but before that I want to post something even more incredibly nerdy and self-indulgent than Ambush Bug annotations. Nearly four years ago, there was a thread on The Something Awful Forums about Identity Crisis which became a communal effort to “solve the mystery”. It’s probably blocked off from public view at this point, but it was a big sprawling conversation that ended up spawning a separate message board, and it was the site where half of Funnybook Babylon made each others’ acquaintance. Everyone had their pet theory about Identity Crisis, and mine was derided as the most crackpot of them all. Well, I might have gotten a few details off, but four years later, all I can say is I AM VINDICATED. Excerpts below.
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